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Football: Spurs, Swansea, Wigan in triple Euro joy

Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas (right) watches his team during the Europa League group K soccer match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur, at Saturn stadium in Ramenskoye, outside Moscow, Russia, on Oct 3, 2013. Tottenham, Swansea and
Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas (right) watches his team during the Europa League group K soccer match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur, at Saturn stadium in Ramenskoye, outside Moscow, Russia, on Oct 3, 2013. Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan, with a first-ever European victory, all registered Europa League wins on Thursday to stay on course for the knockout rounds. -- PHOTO: AP
Tottenham's football players celebrate their goal during the Uefa Europa League Group K football match against Anzhi Makhachkala in Ramenskoye outside Moscow on Oct 3, 2013. Spurs beat Makhachka 2-0. -- PHOTO: AFP
Tottenham's football players celebrate their goal during the Uefa Europa League Group K football match against Anzhi Makhachkala in Ramenskoye outside Moscow on Oct 3, 2013. Spurs beat Makhachka 2-0. -- PHOTO: AFP
Anji's defender Ewerton (left) vies with Tottenham's midfielder Erik Lamela during the Uefa Europa League Group K football match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur FC in Ramenskoye outside Moscow on Oct 3, 2013. Spurs beat Makhachka 2-0.
Anji's defender Ewerton (left) vies with Tottenham's midfielder Erik Lamela during the Uefa Europa League Group K football match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur FC in Ramenskoye outside Moscow on Oct 3, 2013. Spurs beat Makhachka 2-0.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Tottenham's Jermain Defoe (right) controls the ball in front of Anzhi's goalkeeper Evgeni Pomazan during the Europa League group K soccer match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur in Ramenskoye, outside Moscow, Russia, on Oct 3, 2013. Spu
Tottenham's Jermain Defoe (right) controls the ball in front of Anzhi's goalkeeper Evgeni Pomazan during the Europa League group K soccer match between Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur in Ramenskoye, outside Moscow, Russia, on Oct 3, 2013. Spurs beat Makhachka 2-0. -- PHOTO: AP
Swansea City's Spanish defender Chico Flores (right) heads the ball clear after an overhead kick by FC St Gallen's Guinean striker Alhassane Keita (left) during the Europa League Group A football match between Swansea City and FC St Gallen at The Lib
Swansea City's Spanish defender Chico Flores (right) heads the ball clear after an overhead kick by FC St Gallen's Guinean striker Alhassane Keita (left) during the Europa League Group A football match between Swansea City and FC St Gallen at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Oct 3, 2013.  Swansea won a 1-0 triumph over St Gallen. -- PHOTO: AFP
Swansea City's Pozuelo (right) and St Gallen's Marco Mathys battle for the ball during their Europa League match at the Liberty Stadium in Wales on Oct 3, 2013. Swansea won a 1-0 triumph over St Gallen. -- PHOTO: AP
Swansea City's Pozuelo (right) and St Gallen's Marco Mathys battle for the ball during their Europa League match at the Liberty Stadium in Wales on Oct 3, 2013. Swansea won a 1-0 triumph over St Gallen. -- PHOTO: AP
Swansea City's Spanish striker Miguel Michu (right) shoots at goal past FC St Gallen's Luxembourger midfielder Mario Mutsch (left) during the Europa League Group A football match at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Oct 3, 2013. Swansea won a 1-0 tri
Swansea City's Spanish striker Miguel Michu (right) shoots at goal past FC St Gallen's Luxembourger midfielder Mario Mutsch (left) during the Europa League Group A football match at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Oct 3, 2013. Swansea won a 1-0 triumph over St Gallen. -- PHOTO: AFP 
St Gallen's Goran Karanovic kicks a penalty and fails to score during their Europa League soccer match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, on Oct 3, 2013. Swansea won a 1-0 triumph over St Gallen. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
St Gallen's Goran Karanovic kicks a penalty and fails to score during their Europa League soccer match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, on Oct 3, 2013. Swansea won a 1-0 triumph over St Gallen. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Ben Watson (right) heads the second goal during the Uefa Europa League group D football match between Wigan Athletic and NK Maribor at The DW stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on Oct 3, 2013. Wigan marked their
Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Ben Watson (right) heads the second goal during the Uefa Europa League group D football match between Wigan Athletic and NK Maribor at The DW stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on Oct 3, 2013. Wigan marked their first-ever home match in Europe with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia. -- PHOTO: AFP
Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Nick Powell (right) has his shot saved by NK Maribor's Slovenian goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic during the Uefa Europa League group D football match between Wigan Athletic and NK Maribor at The DW stadium in Wigan, n
Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Nick Powell (right) has his shot saved by NK Maribor's Slovenian goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic during the Uefa Europa League group D football match between Wigan Athletic and NK Maribor at The DW stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on Oct 3, 2013. Wigan marked their first-ever home match in Europe with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia. -- PHOTO: AFP
Wigan Athletic's Ryan Shotton (left) jumps in to block a shot by Maribor's Nusmir Fajic (centre) during their Europa League soccer match at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, on Oct 3, 2013. Wigan marked their first-ever home match in Europe with a 3-1
Wigan Athletic's Ryan Shotton (left) jumps in to block a shot by Maribor's Nusmir Fajic (centre) during their Europa League soccer match at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, on Oct 3, 2013. Wigan marked their first-ever home match in Europe with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia. -- PHOTO: AP
Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Nick Powell celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Uefa Europa League group D football match between Wigan Athletic and NK Maribor at The DW stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on Oct 3, 2013.
Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Nick Powell celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Uefa Europa League group D football match between Wigan Athletic and NK Maribor at The DW stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on Oct 3, 2013. Wigan marked their first-ever home match in Europe with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan, with a first-ever European victory, all registered Europa League wins on Thursday to stay on course for the knockout rounds.

Spurs shrugged off hostile weather conditions in Russia to deny Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 and tighten their grip on Group K, going four points clear.

Jermain Defoe celebrated his call-up to the England squad earlier in the day for this month's final batch of World Cup qualifiers with the first goal.

Set up by Lewis Holtby he struck from inside the box after the half hour mark, rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

That left the striker one goal shy of Martin Chivers' European club record tally of 24.

Nacer Chadli doubled up five minutes later for his second goal since arriving from FC Twente.

Again Holtby was involved, playing the ball out to Kyle Walker, with the right-back slipping the ball across to Chadli to sweep home.

The game, played on the Ramenskoye pitch in the Moscow suburbs 1,770km away from Anzhi's home stadium due to the conflict in Dagestan, turned more in Anzhi's favour after the break, but they were unable to find a way back.

Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas, who had fielded a nearly all-fresh line-up from the side that drew 1-1 with Chelsea last weekend and with West Brom looming on Sunday, looked more than satisfied with his 'B' side's showing as did the 150 or so fans who had made the trip from north London.

The Portuguese boss said: "In the second half we lost control of possession a little. However, defensively we were sound and managed to take a deserved win.

"A win is what we wanted and gives us the opportunity in the next games against Sheriff to ensure qualification."

Swansea made it two wins in two Group A games with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over St Gallen in south Wales.

Wayne Routledge netted his third goal of the season in the 52nd minute to settle the tie at the Liberty Stadium.

But St Gallen's Goran Karanovic had a first-half penalty saved by Gerhard Tremmel after Dwight Tiendalli had been penalised for handball.

"No game is going to be easy and they battled hard, and in the end it was a gritty win," said Routledge.

"The performance shows that we have massive character but in the dressing room we know that we can knuckle down and play if we have to."

Wigan marked their first ever home match in Europe with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia.

Nick Powell gave the FA Cup winners the lead with Ben Watson adding a second for a 1-0 half-time lead.

Tavares pulled one back after the break before Powell fired in his second in stoppage time.

Trouble flared in Sofia ahead of Croatian side Dinamo Zabreb's Group B game with Bulgaria champions Ludogorets.

Police made 45 arrests, 22 of those involved supporters detained for hooliganism, 21 for failing to obey police orders, and two other fans were picked up for theft.